Questions tagged [external-applications]

Questions about Blender involving other applications, such as external render engines.

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How to run an external command, showing its progress without locking Blender? (Escape to cancel for eg)

Currently if you run an external process from Python the command and locks Blender until it finishes, eg:subprocess.check_output(["sleep", "2"]). Whats the best ...
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Importing python modules and text files

I am new to blender, but not python, and have been asked to create a user-input dependent, stylized animation of a protein network I am working with: text document >> information processed by python-...
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Is there a way to export an object to Unity 3D while keeping any applied textures?

I exported a .fbx file to Unity 3D, but it retained none of the applied textures. Is there a way to create a textured model in Blender and export it into Unity ...
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Blender and pycharm

I'm trying to configure pycharm so it can autocomplete blender python. When searching the web, I only found a solution to autocomplete bge. This was done using preconfigurated files though. Is there a ...
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How is Cycles different from V-Ray?

From what I know, V-Ray is the most realistic render engine out there. But, I also know that Cycles is physically accurate. How is Cycles different from V-Ray and what are the major differences when ...
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How do I control refractive properties realistically?

I know a bit about controlling dispersion, but I am interested in learning how to use IOR (index of refraction) to mimic specific materials, like a sodium-rich glass. What is the best way to ...
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Animated object exported to fbx does not have any animation

I have 2 animations currently on a sword that I have modeled and when I export the object as a fbx into my game engine Unity it seems to not bring the animations along with it. Here are the export ...
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Is there any way to connect blender to processing?

I would like to produce processing style effects in blender or other traditional applications, either 2d or 3d. I have been looking for ways to connect the language to blender through blender's ...
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Messed up Blender models when exporting to Unity3D

I have modeled a simple pocket watch in Blender. Every time I import it into Unity3D, regardless of whether I export it from Blender as an FBX or 3ds file, it always comes out missing faces! Why is ...
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Can I import Autodesk Inventor 2016 models?

I am working on a new video game idea and am well versed in Inventor 2016, but, new to Blender. How might I import my Inventor models into Blender 2.77?
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How can the Blender API be used to access Blender from another application?

Take Openshot for example. It has some form of Blender integration and is written in Python. I'm not sure if it directly accesses Blender's API or if it simply generates a ...
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Stretchable pipe (for export to Unity)

I'm trying to create a pipe that will bend and stretch, which I can then export to Unity. Bending I can do, but I have no idea how or if I could stretch. Is it possible? Thanks :) What I'm aiming for ...
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How to properly export scene to 3ds Max?

How can I export 3D geometry object/scene, camera and textures to a .3DS format? I tried importing the file I created into 3DsMax but it didn't work properly.
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What are some 3rd party rendering engines available for Blender?

What are some 3rd party rendering engines available for Blender? I am using the internal blender render and I keep hearing in tutorials (blenderguru) that it is better to use an external render engine....
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Procedural Snow with Particles

Basically, I want to have a quick way of simulating snow. My plan was to use particles to simulate where snow would fall, but I can't figure out a workflow. The only tutorial/article that I could find ...
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Controling and getting feedback for robots in Blender [duplicate]

Is it possible to control, and get feedback for robots in Blender using the python API? I'd like to have proxy objects in Blender, that I can control, that will control my reallife robot, but also ...
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Blender - Flamenco local server setup

I am in a process of installing a local Blender Flamenco server on Debian Stretch. So I first downloaded all the source files for key components: Flamenco: https://developer.blender.org/diffusion/F/...
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How to use particles in Yafaray

So I'm starting to use Yafaray for my projects, but I noticed it doesn't support Blender's particle system yet. I heard someone say that the best way to have those particle systems to render in Yafa ...
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accessing Blender objects from external Python IDEs

I would like to manipulate Blender objects from Spyder (not using the internal Python editor). Basically I would like to have Blender running and Spyder running as well, and then interactively access ...
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Is there a way to use renderman in blender?

The free version of renderman is coming out soon and I'm wondering if it can be pluged into blender. Is there a way to use renderman in blender?
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How to use MakeHuman materials?

I made a model from MakeHuman. I want to add the color of the eyes, of the skin.... I have these materials on the right side: I don't know how to use them. Thank you
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External image editor not found?

When I try to quick edit in texture paint I get an error saying that it couldn't find an image editor even though there is one (see photo)
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How to import a rig and animation from maya?

Whenever I export the file from maya to fbx and import into blender, the rig changes and the animation it doesn't work like it should. I tried exporting to a dae and importing into blender, but there'...
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Exporting fbx animations to ue4

I am using blender to animate a skeletal mesh and then export it in FBX format. I exported with Z axis as up and positive X as forward There are certain problems with it. Importing only the mesh ...
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Why my exported UV map is different in size?

I did unwrap my mesh which consists of several parts. I did an export using EPS file format, then I applied several images to all the faces in Adobe Illustrator. When I try to import the texture back ...
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Camera facing backwards when exported as FBX and imported to Fusion 7

Similar to this question: I exported a motion tracked camera and some geometry from blender to be opened in Fusion 7. I used the FBX exporter using the default settings (-Z Forward, Y up). Scene in ...
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Fixing non-manifold edge for 3d printing

I need to print out a toothed ring but it prints out as a disk, ie with the ring filled in. On checking the stl file in blender it has non-manifold edges and I think these confuse the printer. I can ...
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How to use the new render pass API for an external renderer?

I am developing an addon for an external renderer and want to register custom render passes. Last time I implemented this feature I had to resort to images because Blender only had hardcoded render ...
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“wire_mat_gui” add-on, how to render wireframe with visible edges only?

I'm trying to render a wireframe combined with solid using this addon, but for some reason it shows some edges that should be hidden. I made some research but couldn't find anything as I don't know ...
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Can we integrate Sensors to blender

I wanted to Build a physical Game in sense of having an external sensor like heart rate or light sensor sending data to Blender engine and use these data to move object or do something within the game ...
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Import camera information from Sketchup

Is there a way to import Sketchup scenes into Blender as cameras? I can get the geometry into Blender without any problems; my issue is that I'd also like to bring along the scene viewpoint as a ...
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Python scripting Blender with Luxrender

Do you know how could I render a scene with luxrender using the python API of blender and luxrender ? I found their Python API, but I don't find a way to render the scene thanks to luxrender with a ...
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Weight paint maps in/out of Blender to allow editing in Photoshop or other

I have seen this thread: How can I use an image texture as a guide for weight painting? and it allows me to use textures as a guide for weight painting... but is it possible to get weight paint maps ...
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How can I import an obj sequence into blender?

I have an obj sequence of a fluid simulation from Realflow. I've found a few tools that can import an obj sequence into blender, but most are outdated and don't work. Are there any scripts or plug-ins ...
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How to adjust light's strength in LuxRender?

I have just installed LuxRender. I know how to do change the strength of lamps with Cycles but it seems that settings change for each render engine. Could someone please help me to adjust the light's ...
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Which external renderer should I use for architectural visualization?

I use Blender mainly for creating architectural renders. I love Cycles, it's nodes, quality, realism, everything about it, except for it's speed and noise. An indoor night-time scene with a lot of ...
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Modify a blend file via console outside of GUI

I have built a little 'smart' robot using a Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Currently it can move around, sense obstacles, determine if it can pass, etc. My biggest problem so far is that it is completely "...
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Arm resets position when exported?

So in edit mode when I export my hand model into unity 3d, the hand resets its position, but when I go into edit mode the hand also goes back to its original position. I have a animation with it, so ...
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Import OpenVDB files?

Is there any way to import OpenVDB files into Blender for rendering, exported from Houdini? Will there be an option in Blender 2.8 (stable) or is there any other build that supports Houdini's ...
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Linting Blender Python in VSCode

I use Visual Studio Code (VSCode) as a dev environment for Blender addons. I installed the ms-python.python extension, and enabled the language server for ...
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Why when importing an obj file nothing appears even when zooming?

I have opened a new blender file and deleted the default cube, then imported an obj file . I did not see any thing so i selected it and i zoomed ,nothing appears.In the outliner i saw the object name ,...
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Why Blender and git seems like working so well together?

Blender and git seems like working exceptionally well together! I took some tests with hundred of megabyte files and versioned these several times.. the result was a git folder of just a couple of MB....
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Error when baking molecular script addon

I was trying to make a simulation where two blocks made of icospheres collided, one being completely obliterated, the other intact with pieces of the other sticking to it. I had the entire particle ...
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How to apply mixamo mocap data to my character properly?

I made a character for an academic project, which most of the pieces are floating. The next step was to upload this model to mixamo and test it with some pre-recorded animations, but I am having ...
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How to install import_3dm add-on properly?

I'm totally new to blender - mostly work in Rhino, but am wanting to use it to render models that I build in rhino so am trying to install the "import 3dm" addon. I had blender 2.80 installed. Tried ...
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How can I improve my mesh imported from Sketchup?

I have created a mesh in Sketchup Pro, imported using a plugin in an older version of Blender, and then opened the file in the latest build. As you can see the Mesh looks awful. As I plan to use Brick ...
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How to enable denoising for my final render?

I have been fiddling around with the LuxCoreRender rendering settings, but both denoisers do not seem to be having effect on my frames that I have rendered. I have re-installed LuxCoreRender ...
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Is there a way to integrate other software in a Blender pipeline? [closed]

I'm considering starting a small studio, but the people I know do not use Blender. Is there any known way to effectively integrate other programs into a pipeline like Maya and After Effects with ...
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Use Visual Studio for Blender Python scripting

I'm starting to understand how can scripting make the use of Blender easy. However, I'm accommodated to Visual Studio's Intellisense and I don't know the Blender python API so it would be beneficial ...
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Luxrender - How to select API 2.x?

I've searched around for a way to preview a Luxrender render in Blender's viewport but cannot seem to find the solution to this error. When I click the render mode for the viewport it comes up with: ...